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Dubai relaunches its hospitality carbon calculator tool

Article-Dubai relaunches its hospitality carbon calculator tool

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Assisting the tracking of carbon emission sources, the carbon calculator tool aids energy consumption and efficiency in Dubai’s hospitality industry.

Dubai's Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) has relaunched the Carbon Calculator tool. This measures the carbon footprint within Dubai's hospitality sector. The tool is now updated to track real-time data for carbon emission sources. This will allow hotels to manage their energy consumption with greater efficiency.

The improvements are part of the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative. This initiative aims to support the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategy. But it also supports the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contributes to broader clean energy targets.

The initiative also aligns with the Dubai Economic Agenda D33. This aims to solidify Dubai's status as one of the top three global cities. But also as a way of enhancing its position as a leading sustainable tourism destination too.

Dubai Sustainable Tourism's Carbon Calculator is part of the Tourism Dirham Platform. The calculator has helped measure the carbon footprint of hotels across Dubai since January 2017.


Hotels must submit monthly reports on their consumption of nine carbon emission sources. These include electricity and water. They are then analysed to provide industry insights into the sector’s carbon footprint. This information helps hotels identify cost-saving opportunities. But it also helps hotels manage their carbon footprint in line with the 19 Sustainability Requirements.

These requirements include sustainable management approaches, performance metrics, energy, food and water management plans, guest education, employee training initiatives, sustainability committees, and corporate social responsibility programs.  So by becoming more sustainable, hotels can enhance the competitiveness of Dubai's tourism sector.


The upgraded platform tracks real-time data for carbon emission sources so that hotels can identify and manage their energy consumption. This is part of the DST initiative. This supports the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategy and the UN's SDGs. DET is committed to offering hotels an easy experience that enabled informed decision-making through the upgraded carbon calculator. The tool will help hotels manage their impact, and efficiency and save energy.

The initiative aligns with the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 and the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan. This strives to create a city that is the world’s most visited and the best place to live and work in.


The Dubai College of Tourism (DCT) and DST have upgraded their 'Dubai Sustainable Tourism' course. This is available on the innovative learning platform, Dubai Way. The course helps educate and raise awareness of sustainability in the tourism industry.

The new module provides a variety of educational segments. This covers the Carbon Calculator, water and energy saving, how to establish a 'Green Team', and implementing green strategies. Through education and awareness, the course encourages the implementation of environmental practices. But the course also empowers participants with the knowledge to implement ESG principles.

The upgraded course is part of the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative.


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